Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news To make Hippocras, a 1615 recipe. Is Google Home a history calculator? The long history of the menstrual cup. Picturing pharmaceuticals since 1850. Teaching hairdressers to spot melanoma. The West and Soviet medicine in the 1930s. Histories of hunger in the American Revolution. Murder… Read more →

A woman in a nurse's uniform wraps a bandage around a male soldier's arm. There are other white men in the background, one doing paperwork, one lifting a stretcher.

Listening to Women: Accessing Women’s Pain from First World War Pension Records

In March 1917, Nurse G., a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, was on duty at 29 General Hospital in Salonika, Greece, when the hospital sustained its second air raid in a week.1 According to the matron of the hospital, “in the next tent to where she was on duty a bomb was dropped, completely wrecking… Read more →

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A Few Things I Need You To Know Before Getting Tested for HIV, As Told By Your HIV Tester

Welcome! Before getting tested for HIV, New York State requires me to go over a few things with you. First, testing is confidential but not anonymous. Second, testing is voluntary and can be stopped at any point. Third, I can and will stop a test if I feel you are a danger to yourself or… Read more →

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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Museum anarchists. Chanukah Americana. The history of Tofurkey. Is it time to rethink aging? Archiving HIV/AIDS on the web. Life on London’s first AIDS ward. Romanticism in the dissecting room. How the sandwich consumed Britain. How the index card catalogued the world. The history… Read more →

The How and Why of Indigenous Nurse History

How do you write a history of Indigenous nurses? Several stories coincide: stories about education, about colonialism in health care, about Indigenous women and work, and about racism in the nursing profession, for example. But one starting point is the founding of the Registered Nurses of Canadian Indian Ancestry (RNCIA) in the mid-1970s, an important… Read more →

Fantasy and Folklore in Childbirth Narratives

Before the age of Facebook and parenting blogs, how did women exchange knowledge and beliefs about reproduction? Without What to Expect When You’re Expecting, how did society and “experts” tell women how to manage pregnancy? These are questions often posed by students in my classes, who assume that “in the past,” there was a deafening… Read more →

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Don’t Bring that Anti-Choice Nonsense to the #MeToo Movement, Peggy Noonan

There have been any number of smart, critical takes on the #MeToo movement and the wave of sexual harassment allegations against famous and powerful men that have rocked the country in recent weeks. Lindy West, Caitlin Flanagan, Roxane Gay and numerous others have offered some great commentary on how we might process this cultural moment… Read more →